Here’s a startling statistic: in a bid to control health insurance costs, eight-out-of-ten companies are now incenting employees to stay healthy.
According to a recent Aon Hewitt survey, 79 percent of 800 large and mid-sized companies are using rewards – lower health insurance premiums – or penalties – higher individual premiums – to encourage healthy behavior by their employees.
What’s equally as important, however, is this: over half of those companies – 56 percent – are helping their employees to learn and practice healthy physical habits. They telling them what they must do AND they’re showing them how to do it.
And, that’s exactly what employers should also be doing with their workers’ career health. Incenting good career habits would cut costs and increase profits by raising the productivity of employees and the quality of their work.
Of course, employers are already halfway there: 100 percent of large and mid-sized companies use rewards – promotions and pay increases – and penalties – dead-end assignments and layoffs – to encourage their employees to take care of their careers.
Now, they need to do the other half. They need to help their employees learn and practice healthy career habits.
What are those habits?
As I explain in The Career Fitness Workbook, they encompass seven centers of activity. They range from pumping up your career cardiovascular system – the heart of your career is your occupational expertise – to pacing yourself by learning how to rest and rejuvenate your mind and body.
Much like a physical fitness regimen, these activities are most helpful when they are performed in a systematic way and on a regular basis. If they’re done in the right way and at the right frequency, they will optimize both the contribution a person makes on-the-job and the satisfaction they derive from their work.